Arthur Russell Vinyl, CD & tapes by Arthur Russell at Norman Records

Arthur Russell was sampled on Kanye West's song '30 Hours' from the 2016 album 'The Life Of Pablo'. This hopefully goes some way to illustrating Russell's lasting influence as a creator. Arthur Russell was a New York-based experimental pop artist dab...read more »

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Indian Ocean (Arthur Russell)
School Bell / Treehouse

How do I love Arthur Russell? Let me count the ways. He’s my favourite folk singer-songwriter; he’s my favourite avant-garde cellist; he’s my favourite minimalist composer; and he’s my favourite experimental disco artist, as is evidenced by the 1986 ‘School Bell’/‘Treehouse’ EP he put out under the name Indian Ocean. This Get On Down reissue contains Russell’s Fourth World groover on the A-side and the slightly more discofied Walter Gibbons mix on the flip.

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Instrumentals

Hot on the heels of the reissue of his orchestral opus Tower Of Meaning, here is a vinyl release for Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals, a suite of contemporary music imbued with Russell’s gorgeous ear for melody. Involved parties include Julius Eastman and Rhys Chatham. This double LP includes all the Instrumentals and two more pieces besides. On Audika, with a bonus booklet.

The Necessaries
Event Horizon

A total rarity for over 35 years, even many Arthur Russell fans don't know about his involvement in this post punk band. He not only plays keyboard, cello and but contributed half the songs and sung in his unique style.  This is taut and muscular new wave though Russell's contributions sit weirdly at odds with the breezily melodic pop on offer.   

Loose Joints
Is It All Over My Face

The thing you really need to know about this Loose Joints single, Is It All Over My Face, is that the man behind it is the one and only Arthur Russell. This is the first time it’s been available to buy as a 7” single. It dates from the early ‘80s when disco had died and dance music was free of its cheesy shackles, leaving true innovators like Russell to do his thing. The Female Vocal mix by Larry Levan has been a huge influence on the Chicago house scene as its DJs have sampled the drums time and again. 7” on Get On Down.

Dinosaur L
In The Corn Belt

A key Arthur Russell track from the album 24→24 Music, mixed by Larry Levan, and split over two sides of a 7”. Funky layers of percussion, disco drums, exploratory bass, psych guitar, arch quasi-operatic vox and spacey keyboards that seem to connect a lineage from Herbie Hancock to Drexciya. So much going on that it should feel cluttered, but remains strikingly spacious and airy. When it shudders to a halt it feels like a spell being broken.

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Corn

Corn is the first music from Arthur Russell’s diverse catalogue to be released in seven years. The album is made up from nine tracks that were recorded between 1982 and 1983. The direction Russell had taken at this time won’t surprise too many fans as songs from these sessions have appeared on 2004’s Calling Out Of Context. Fans will also be desperate to get their hands on this for the closing track, Ocean Movie, touted as one of Russell’s most beautiful pieces.

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Love Is Overtaking Me

Love Is Overtaking me was probably the point where the Arthur Russell archive digging/barrel scraping should have perhaps quietly stopped.  Some of the tracks particularly in the first half of the record don't do all that much good for his reputation. Dig a little deeper though and there are many gems to be found on this where his unusual structured and off kilter singing makes for some truly affecting music. So it's all worth it in the end. Dig deep, dig long. 

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World Of Echo

Here is a double vinyl remastered edition of Arthur Russell's masterwork 'World of Echo' which lest you've bought it before, now comes with revised artwork. This deeply meditative album contains the original album plus drum-less versions of some of his disco classics and four previously unreleased tracks. A must. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (AU-1002-1)
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Dinosaur L
Go Bang!

‘I wanna see all my friends at once’ goes the refrain of this classic slice of Arthur Russell-helmed (for it is he) weirdo-disco. Straight from the heart of '80s New York, Russell’s Dinosaur L project was a compelling mixture of the disco and experimental scenes of the time, as evinced by this banger (geddit?). 

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Calling Out of Context

This was the album that started the re-assessment of Arthur Russell's life and work. It compiled previously unreleased and unheard work from Arthur's enormous archive and featured tracks written and recorded between '85 and '90. Now here's the re-issue, spread over to 2LP for maximum sound clarity.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (AU10011)
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The World Of Arthur Russell

The World of Arthur Russell is the 2004 compilation which captures the breadth of Russell’s musical capabilities. From the banging New York disco cuts, to his more introspective and experimental cello-centric songs, Soul Jazz have created something for both long-time fans and interested beginners.

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Another Thought

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Iowa Dream

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Tower of Meaning

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Lola
Wax The Van

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24 Music The Definitive Sleeping Bag Recordings

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Arthur Russell / Dinosaur L
The Definitive Sleeping Bag Recordings

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Peter Zummo (featuring Arthur Russell)
Lateral Pass

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Let's Go Swimming

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First Thought Best Thought

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The Sleeping Bag Sessions

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Another Thought

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Four Songs EP

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